For many artists and custom builders, the sojourn in Sturgis starts at the Flying Piston Benefit Breakfast hosted at the Buffalo Chip Campground.

This is the 8th year of the Flying Piston’s Builders Breakfast hosted by the Buffalo Chip and presented by Russ Brown. As co-producer, this is also the 8th time I’ve been voted down on serving waffles. I ask you, who doesn’t love waffles in the morning?

So I’m working on a replacement for the breakfast treat. What we came up with are homemade gooey cinnamon buns.

In Search of The Sturgis Sticky Bun

In Search of The Sturgis Sticky Bun

We’re talkin’ cinnamon buns made with the softest, chewiest, lightly-golden dough, an irresistible buttery cinnamon-sugar swirl filling, and drizzled with traditional glaze.

The best thing about deciding on a bun is test tasting them. So Marilyn Stemp, co-producer and human electrical switch who knows everyone and connects everyone took off to research the topic at Lynn’s Dakotamart, Lou Lou’s Bombdiggities Pastries & Coffee Shop, The Good Witch Cake Shop, Jerry’s Cakes & Donuts, Baker’s Bakery & Café, and many more.

In Search of the Sturgis Sticky Bun

So Many Sticky Buns, So Little Time

After eating her way through multiple options, putting hundreds of miles on the odometer, and engaging unwitting test testers, she brought back the final selection to Buffalo Chip HQ so the arbiter of all things high-calorie and delicious could make a final assessment.

In Search of the Sturgis Sticky Bun: The Answer is Closer than you Think

Chip owner Rod “Woody” Woodruff found some were too doughy, some not sweet enough, some more air than substance. But ultimately, he found a candidate that had just the right of amount of cinnamon, the ideal chewiness, and an irresistible buttery texture.

In South Dakota, at Lynn’s Dakotamart, there is a little slice of heavy in the form of a golden dough, swirly cinnamon bun.

And that my friends is the signature sweetness that will be provided at the 8th annual Flying Piston Benefit that kicks off at the Big Engine Bar located at the Buffalo Chip’s west gate at 8:30 AM on Sunday, August 7th.

So, when you attend the Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast this year, make sure you say hello to our master taste-tester Woody, and tell him what you think of his buns.

Speaking of Sticky Buns, We have a Beach Bum

In Search of the Sturgis Sticky Bun was a long and arduous process. But finding a good beach bum is just a click away at the Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast and Online Auction.

In Search of the Sturgis Sticky Bun

Beach Bum is listed in the Flying Piston Benefit’s silent auction

Our go-to artist for everything Beach Bum is Guy Salazar of Guy Salazar Art and he has made a career out of the Lowbrow art form. And we have his flask entitled Beach Bum listed in the silent auction. To see his work and all the artists click here for the online Flying Piston Benefit silent auction.

About The Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast

2022 Flying Piston Benefit Sturgis Auction

The 2022 Sturgis edition of the  Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast is produced by Marilyn Stemp of Iron Trader News and Jeff Najar of Green Forest Brand.  Our work raises awareness and funds for non-profits and individuals in the motorcycle community, vets, and kindergarteners.

For more information, please contact marilynstemp(at)gmail.com, 828-205-8482. To get involved with the Piston, click here. 

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